Archive for May 2012

CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

Azerbaijan – On May 1, Azerbaijan’s Entrepreneurship Development Foundation held a conference in Baku entitled “Roadmap for Developing Small Entrepreneurship.” The conference explored the legal and regulatory barriers facing small businesses in Azerbaijan, and the policy alternatives that could be developed to address them. The 55 participants and speakers included representatives from Parliament, government, think tanks, and business. CIPE Regional Director Andrew Wilson travelled to Baku to speak at the event, and to conduct meetings with local business, policy, and youth groups to explore the challenges faced by young entrepreneurs.

Russia – The Vladikavkaz Institute of Management (VIM), a CIPE partner, on April 28 awarded certificates to 19 students who completed a six-week course designed to give local youth the skills needed to launch a business and fully participate in local democratic institutions. As part of the certificate program, students drafted business plans for business start-ups, the most viable of which will be presented by VIM to the regional economic development authority for possible funding. The start-up ideas range from launching a kindergarten to opening a soccer training facility. The students, ranging in age from 18 to 24, are the fifth group to complete the youth entrepreneurship training program funded under a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy.

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Entrepreneur Asia-Pacific, 10th Edition

The Young Entrepreneurs Group of Asia Pacific (YEGAP) recently released the 10th edition of Entrepreneur Asia-Pacific, highlighting the activities and achievements of members throughout the region.  YEGAP was created by the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) in 2004 to provide a venue for young entrepreneurs to become actively involved in entrepreneurial development.  YEGAP serves to identify effective programs geared towards entrepreneurial development.

Inside this issue:

  • Young Entrepreneurs Forum of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry organizes Young Entrepreneurs Conference 2012
  • Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry launches Youth Affairs Committee
  • Youth empowerment and entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka
  • Organic agriculture in Bangladesh

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